Auction 129, Lot 494

"Ultoniae Orientalis Pars", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Ireland

Period: 1606 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 13.7 inches
38.1 x 34.8 cm

Superb early map covering Down and Antrim Counties in Northern Ireland. This was one of five Irish maps Gerard Mercator designed for the second part of his Atlas. It is beautifully engraved with a moiré pattern in the sea, strong topographical features in the interior, and ornamented with a title cartouche incorporating the distance scale. Latin text on verso.

References: Law, p. 20

Condition: A

Dark impression and original color in the unique color palette of the early Mercator/Hondius editions. A few tiny worm holes in margin and border have been professionally infilled.

Estimate: $500 - $600


Closed on 9/23/2009